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I see predator control options for geese and swans, but what about options for other animals, like raccoons? | Ponds & Lakes Q&A

I see predator control options for geese and swans, but what about options for other animals, like raccoons?

Q: I see predator control options for geese and swans, but what about options for other animals, like raccoons?

Greg – Catawissa, PA

A: Overhead predators aren’t the only visitors looking for free sashimi from your fish pond or lake. Four-legged nocturnal critters like raccoon and opossum may also stop by for a snack. So what are the best ways to stop terrestrial animals from looking for food or water on your property?

The Predator’s Predator

Featuring flashing red LED lights that mimic the eyes of predators hunting and feeding at night, Nite Guard Solar® will frighten fish thieves and send them scurrying. The device uses an energy-saving solar panel to charge the lights, and an automatic photosensitive switch ensures the unit turns on when you (and your fish!) need it the most. Nite Guard Solar’s weatherproof construction includes a mounting tab on top, making it easy to screw to a post or stake for maximum effect.

Spray Them Away

Another option for scaring off predators is a motion-activated sprinkler like the Contech ScareCrow®. Though it requires a hose connection and battery to operate, the sensor detects movement in a 1,300-square-foot area and sprays water at unwanted—and startled—guests. The sprinkler head features spray distance adjustment, sprinkler arc adjustment and a low-energy trigger mechanism. The ScareCrow® helps to set up a boundary around your lake and protect its inhabitants.

Pond Talk: What’s the strangest predator you’ve seen visiting your pond or lake?

Protect Your Pond From Nighttime Predators - Nite Guard Solar (r)

6 Responses

  1. On the other hand, your pond should be part of the ecosystem and animals visiting is a good thing! Pond design can go a long way to protect against excessive damage and fish loss. Relatively steep drop offs on the edges will help discourage entry by mammals. Having a cave or other hiding place will help protect fish.

    Any scare type deterrent will only work if moved often. These critters aren’t dumb and will rapidly figure out that a fixed object is not alive and won’t hurt them.

  2. We have Black bears after the fish, but my biggest problem is with snakes. They move into the pond and happily feed on the fish all season. We lose over 50% of our fish each year

    • Hi Jane – When it comes to snakes, your best bet is to make it create an uneven, not smooth surface around your pond. The underside of snakes is often soft so they do not like going over rocks, gravel, mulch, etc.

    • Snakes? Cool!! What kind? Since I think snakes are more interesting than fish I would be happy in your situation.

      • I think they are northern water snakes. I wouldnt mind them either, except they eat so many fish. I have an official looking snake catcher that I use to relocate them, but some of them are very smart, and I just cant catch them

      • With any luck, nature will balance the fish/snake populations so both survive. Only people tend to wipe out their entire food supply.

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